How do you react when another drivers behaviour ticks you off? Over the last few years, the number of reported road rage incidents has been on the increase and this poses a huge threat to safe driving.
“Road Rage has been described by Sally Davies, a clinical psychologist, as a social problem that appears to be increasing all over the world along with traffic congestion and levels of frustration on roads. Road rage occurs when people who are already vulnerable to aggressive outbursts are led to express their rage and – more critically – direct it towards total strangers,” says Arrive Alive.
As motorists we all have a responsibility and numerous opportunities to cool the emotional temperature on our roads. Arrive Alive suggests this 10 point plan to prevent road rage…
- Forget work or home worries, concentrate on driving.
- Plan your journey to reduce anxiety and stress.
- Adopt a positive mental attitude – to help with frustration.
- Play music can reduce stress.
- Don’t try to change other drivers attitudes, you can’t but you can change your own.
- Be courteous and stay calm if provoked.
- Drive with your car doors locked and if you see trouble don’t leave the safety of your vehicle.
- Count from 1-10 (it’s old and it works!)
- Don’t retaliate by sounding your horn, flashing your lights or gesturing, this will only aggravate the situation.
- If you are a victim of aggression take the registration number and report the incident to the police.
Remember it is better to get there late, than not get there at all.